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Kristina Bakkær Simonsen


Associate Professor, PhD

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My research seeks to understand what it means to be part of a national, political community, with a particular interest in the debates immigration raises in contemporary Western democracies about who ‘we’ are.

I am currently leading two research projects tackling this question from two different angles: The first project explores the role of moral political rhetoric in making immigration such a seemingly divisive issue in many Western democracies and is generously funded by a Sapere Aude Research Leader grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The second project, funded by a Nova grant from Aarhus University Research Foundation, examines whether citizenship is causally effective in improving immigrants’ integration. Previously, I have explored minority and majority youths' conceptions of politics and how national boundary-drawing affects first- and second-generation immigrants’ national belonging.

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I love to teach and supervise students! My main teaching and supervision fields are political sociology, immigrant integration, national identity, political marginalisation, and methodological subjects.

I am the proud winner of the Teacher of the Year award 2023 and 2018, based on votes from political science and social science students. 

If you would like my supervision, feel free to write me an e-mail.

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